Jenny and I are happy to be back from the Orders and Fellowship Meeting in Kansas City. We’re gearing up for this Sunday (January 20, 2018) when I’ll be preaching about how Jesus turns water into wine in our everyday lives (my text is John 2:1-12). We hope to see you there.
Jenny and I will be in Kansas City this Wednesday (January 16, 2019) for the annual Great Plains Orders and Fellowship meeting. Therefore this week’s Wednesday Communion service has been canceled.
In light of the grief this church is currently experiencing both individually and collectively, I wanted to share the following quote from C. S. Lewis in a letter he wrote to a woman facing death in 1963.
“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” — C. S. Lewis 
One of the great sure and certain hopes of Christianity is that those we have lost to death have gone on to better things.
 C. S. Lewis to Mary. June 17, 1963. In Letters to an American Lady (Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 1967) 117.
A funeral service for Rose Marie Rogers will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Danner Funeral Home. The visitation will be the day before from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
“God intended us to travel through life as a community. Think bus, not unicycle.”
— Bob Goff 
 Bob Goff. Twitter post, January 2, 2019, 8:44 a.m., Link.
“If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone.” — C. S. Lewis 
 C. S. Lewis, “Good Infection,” in Mere Christianity (1952)
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Many of you are hurting. Many of you are carrying heavy burdens. Many of you are fighting hard battles. Remember that God loves you. Remember that Jenny and I love you. Remember to love yourselves and one another. In God’s grace there is strength for any struggle and forgiveness for any failure.
P.S. If you’re wondering whether or not I’m writing to you, then I am.
This weekend is the One Event for the Youth of the Great Plains Conference. Wendy will be taking a group over, and for that reason, there will be no Sunday School for children or youth this coming Sunday (January 6, 2018). Classes will resume the Sunday following with the children on the third floor and the youth in the youth room.
This coming Sunday (January 6, 2019) is the first Sunday of the month, the Sunday we collect items for the little free pantry. Here are a few needs if you want to contribute: canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned soup, and canned meat; cereal, breakfast, and granola bars; macaroni and cheese, ramen, spaghetti (and sauce); peanut butter and jelly, crackers (especially saltine crackers—they’re good for putting peanut butter and jelly on); add water only pancake mix and syrup; and fruit snacks.
A few final encouragements: ask yourself if you would eat what you are bringing and remember that the Little Free Pantry is, well, little.
K-State Wesley Campus Ministry is taking a mission trip to Puerto Rico this spring and is looking for adult volunteers who would like to participate. Please let John or Jenny know if you are interested.
I recently heard someone on a podcast say that they are making New Year’s intentions, not New Year’s resolutions. This seems like a good idea to me. If you make a resolution to read the Bible every day, you may just give it up for the rest of the year once you miss a day. If you make an intention to read the Bible every day, then that’s something you can miss one day and then pick up the next. I don’t know why the difference in phrasing makes a difference to me, but it does, and I’m passing it on in case the same applies to you.
If you happen to notice that the little free pantry is empty or depleted, you are hereby authorized to fill it up. The supply shelves are in the hallway west of the church office. Simply stock the pantry and record the date and your name on the clipboard.